THIS FOYM WITH ALL THAT’S HAPPENING, WE’RE HEADING INTO A BUSY TIME OF YEAR.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAMUEL T. – Blew out the candles on the 19th and moved onto another year.

FRIDAY 13 – and the gremlins were busy. Somehow last weeks FOYM disappeared into the universe. For that FOCUS FORCE is disappointed as a lot of work goes into preparing them, and we know that a lot come over to see what’s happening.

FIRST OFF; AN APOLOGY.

ozday15mp1Mistakes happen all so often, but most often unintentionally. So, was the case last Wednesday in the Oz story. One of the images was wrongly identified, but corrected soon as advised. To Madeleine, once more our apology.

 

WATCH THE COUNTDOWN – ONLY 5 SLEEPS TO ROCKLEY AWARDS 15.

rockley-garden-circa 1962LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE EXHIBITION LOCATION C71 on the mezzanine floor of the Exhibition Buildings.The days are rushing by and all the stops are out to create the most exciting FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY EXHIBITION & AWARDS OPENING EVER.  A massive collection of flower fotos starting from last years garden show and continued throughout the year. The main stage will thunder with applause as the AWARD WINNERS are announced on the opening morning. So, here’s a suggestion! Use all the 5 sleeps to build up your energy, and be ready to go at the show.

ROCKLEY AWARD CERTIFICATES are being completed by MINUTEMAN and artist Nikki has outdone and excelled herself in the impressive design. You’ll be proud to claim yours.

MISHA HAD HER EYE ON INDIA.

MR15INDIAFEST1Small fry Misha headed back to her parents homeland during the January summer holidays. And of course, the camera was out and about when she had the chance. One of the things she focused on one was a traditional festival there. Here is the first of the images from that, and in the coming weeks we’ll see a cover of her story while away of this event.
GARDEN SHOW PREPARATIONS HIGH ON THE AGENDA.

DSCN1562Things are busy with the the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION  & AWARDS only days away. With the excitement of the first ever stage announcement of award winners to be held, a special POWERPOINT presentation of finalists is being prepared by parents to add to the thrill. The CHOICES have been made for the categories, and we’re grateful to the largest collection of judges for the decisions ever to have completed the task. The plan for the exhibition space is taking shape, and enlargements of the finalists being printed carefully by HARVEY NORMAN at Melbourne’s QV.

Next Sunday, FF will announce the finalists, and the categories that they have entries in.

Letters of accreditation and advice will go out to all finalists next week with requests for tickets. FINALISTS WRIST BANDS will also be forwarded for the first day, and presentations.

A contingent of finalists have put their hands up to be on hand to collect their certificates and awards on the day, and we know that they will be supported by friends and family.

LAST WEEKEND THE WHEELS WERE SMOKIN AT ALBERT PARK.

We’ve been talking about this for weeks and now its finally here in Melbourne’ Albert Park. The eyes of the world will be focused on the scenic track all weekend as the formula ones complete circuit after circuit

EASTER; NEARLY TIME TO SNEAK OUT OF HIS BURROW

The Easter Bunny is frantically working in burrow moulding all those chocolate eggs for Kids With Cameras and others to devour in a few Sundays time. In the mewantime, FOCUS FORCE is working on a CAMERA CHALLENGE to put the imagination to the test. Watch for it! ALSO, as usual the GOOD FRIDAY ROYAL CHILDREN’S  APPEAL will see the communities across the state working hard to raise money for the worthy cause. A few years ago, FOCUS FORCE made a donation to the appeal, and this year we are looking at doing the same. Keep tuned.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUTH THE ANZAC CAMERA CHALLENGE SOON.

DSCN1647Anzac Day, a day of commemoration when the country, and the world ponders the lives and sacrifices of 100 years ago on distant shores. While we stop to remember, the Kids With Cameras will be encouraged to click with respect and capture the moments that will make new pages in history. The end results being perhaps a FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP be delivered to Turkey, but also to France. Also another idea make be a TIME CAPSULE, and an album of images for the Canberra War Museum. Lets have your thoughts.

CONGRATULATIONS TO FOR POST OF PRAISE.

Stacey got off to a good start with the first collection of POSTS Of PRAISE last week, and FOCUS FORCE is happy to say that  BARBARA TUCKER came out of the barrel to be the winner of the collectors FLASH OF FIENDSHIP calendar. It’s in the mail. Also this week made a grand slam hiting up on the views, and adding some more POSTS Of PRAISE.

MOTORING EXPO SOON TO HIT THE SHOWGROUNDS.

Another on in the pipeline that we have been talking about here in the past weeks will happen on the same weekend as the Garden show, and we hope that we might have some tickets available for JUNIOR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS.  MARCH 28 – 29.

The Australian Motoring Festival will connect car lovers, manufacturers and families like never before. With a demonstration track, exhibitor areas, test drives, kids’ activities and new vehicle demonstrations, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

What a weekend that will be.

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 WITH ALL WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MELBOURNE & ACROSS OZ IN THE COMING WEEKS – ITS A SMART MOVE TO CHECK OUT ALL CAMERA & PHOTOGRAPHIC NEEDS AT HARVEY NORMAN. Great deals, Great service, Great Advice – that’s HARVEY NORMAN PHOTOCENTRES.

http://www.harveynorman.com.au/

THE TIME IS MARCHING ON TO THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. Get the latest news and details on; http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

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About focusfor

The FOCUS FORCE photographic workshop program for Kids With Cameras is based in Melbourne, Australia. The projects have gone beyond the Victorian borders, into New South Wales, and Tasmania.Through others including a backpacker it has been provided to children in Thailand, and a teacher in Portugal has inspired children there as well. Apart, from the fun of learning about the camera and developing the skill of taking better photos; the best of which are raised to the status of SUPER SHOTS,the works have been mounted as collections under the banner of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS, and sent as gifts of friendship and goodwill to the United States, Italy, Japan, China - others are still being worked on. The program enrciches the children's knowledge, and as a side benefit makes them more aware of their own surroundings,and all that is to value where they live. Then comes the delight of being achievers, and having their self esteem boosted by their successes.The term "kids with cameras" was first used by the program's forerunner; CLICKER - the "club for kids with cameras", and dates back to the mid 1980's. The name change came about as wanting to be more appropriate to the older student group that the program now works with.

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